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Norfolk Southern is reinforcing a retaining wall along W.Va. 100 with steel I-beams and concrete, the Morgantown, W. Va., Dominion Post reports.

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On July 12, Superior Judge William Morse extended until July 16 an order preventing the Alaska Railroad from spraying weed killers on a section of track until the state's high court can review the state-issued permit, local media report. Previously, state regulators had given the railroad permission to spray herbicide for 30 miles along a 90-mile stretch of track from Indian to Seward, south of Anchorage.

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A newly created and first-of-its-kind graduate-level track of study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering will educate engineers and safety, health and environmental professionals across industries in the best practices to prevent expans ...

Gladstone, Mich., City Commission approved plans by the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) to submit the pre-application paperwork for a Tiger II Grant, the Escanaba Daily Press reports. A public hearing was held Monday, which brought forth various comments and suggestions about CN's Gladstone rail yard and its plans for the grant, if received.

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The Redevelopment Commission voted to chip in $10,000 to look into alternative routes for the South Shore Line if the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District can get federal grant money for the study, the News-Dispatch reports. The money will help fund a proposed $1 million study of potential realignments of the South Shore Line. NICTD has said the agency and Michigan City would split the $200,000 local portion of the study funding, with the federal government providing the rest.

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In January, President Obama announced that North Carolina was awarded $545 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to continue its development of high-speed intercity rail. On July12, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of North Carolina have finalized a grant agreement for $20.3 million, the first installment of the $545 million awarded to the state.

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U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said that the City of Albuquerque has been awarded a $6.72-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The city will use the funding to construct a Rail Runner station on Montaño between 2nd Street and Edith Blvd.

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As part of BART's system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, the agency will begin strengthening structures at the Concord and Daley City stations to withstand future earthquakes.

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Job creation has become a key argument for rail advocates, including Ohio Secretary of Transportation Jolene Molitoris, who got their chance July 12 at the Dayton Rotary Club to rebut an earlier presentation by state Sen. Jon Husted, the Dayton Daily News reported.

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(Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, wrote the following opinion for the Brunswick, Maine, Times Record.) A report recently released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials analyzed our nation's freight system. The report found that if we do not maintain, much less improve, our nation's system of moving freight, millions of jobs and our nation's long-term economic health would be put at risk. Unfortunately, we have a potential economic crisis brewing right here in Maine on this very topic.

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